We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We are thankful for all of you and appreciate your patronage.
As we wrap up the Thanksgiving holiday, it appears we are going to continue on this mild weather pattern as we make our way into December. With day time highs in the 50s and lows above freezing, Grey Reef is open and fishable from Alcova to Glenrock, Wyoming. A little weird but we’ve seen it before. So, how’s the fishing? Pretty darn good. Afternoons are definitely fishing better than the mornings. More bugs and a little warmer water temps in the afternoon. According to General Manager Eric Anderson, a bead pheasant tail in sz. 16 or 18 has been the top bug. Other patterns would be, pine squirrel leeches, reef worms and/or a PAL. He has been sticking between 3-5ft in length and varying his weight run to run. On the streamer front, we have scaled down in size. Mini goldies, twin lakes specials and the old Seth special…the smaller stuff is working better for our crew. The Miracle Mile continues to be a little crowded but for those wanting to head that way, we would suggest swinging a streamer(i.e. kreelex, rusty trombone, peanut envy) in the deeper runs. Well, that’s about it on the fishing front for now. So, if you’re in the area make sure to stop by and see us.
FYI. As we roll into the “off season” our hours have changed a little bit. Current shop hours are as follows, 8am-noon, daily.
We have had a beautiful fall to say the least. Mild temperatures, clear skies and very little wind. It was only matter of time before we had to start seeing some weather…well, because it’s October and we live in Wyoming. Last weeks storm blanketed our area in a nice layer of white, with Casper seeing 14″-18″. As I write this report, we are supposed to see another dose of snow today and tonight. The nice thing about it, it will be sunny and 50F by tomorrow.
With the changing weather, we’ve had a mixed bag of fishing. Foul weather days have been consistently producing some awesome streamer fishing on Grey Reef. Standard fare…rusty trombone’s, goldie’s, and/or black peacock buggers. The calm, high pressure days have still be giving our guides and guests plenty of opportunities at the dry fly game. We are still seeing some tricos in the morning, with psuedos and baetis being the late morning-afternoon program. So if your headed our way make sure you are set up for just about anything. This is the time of year you could throw nymphs, streamers and dries-all in the same day.
Well, it seems to be the same thing on repeat. Obviously, with the way things have been going, that’s not a bad thing. Great weather and water conditions on Grey Reef are primo. Super clear and bugs are popping! Like we said in our last post, if technical dry fly fishing is your thing, it’s a great time to be on Upper Grey Reef. We do have some weather on the horizon which could really fire up the streamer bite. For those of wondering about the Miracle Mile, it has been fishing pretty well. But as you would expect, fairly crowded, especially the lower end. If your headed that way it’s going to nymphing/streamer program. Worms, leeches and pheasant tails are our go-to patterns right now. If your going to throw a streamer you’re hard pressed to go wrong with a Goldie.
October through mid November is a pretty magical time in Central Wyoming. The scene changes daily and the transitions between fishing disciplines and hunting opportunities seem endless and can be exhausting. Gear rooms, boats and vehicles suffer the most as the constant exchange inevitably creates disarray and confusion. Anglers are loaded with 3 rigged rods – the dry fly opportunities are all day and you need to be able to grab a rod as soon as rising trout start doing their thing, nymph rigs fill the gaps and help you to not feel inadequate for surface refusals and the streamer water should never be ignored. The dry fly game is plentiful yet humbling, nymphing light emerger rigs is really dang productive and you never know what kind of critter your streamer will land in front of. The days start with coffee, waders and a hoody and end with t-shirts, sandals and a beer.
Then there is hunting. Big game often warrants different caliber choices, waterfowl and upland bird and you’ll shop for tools to optimize that experience. And don’t forget about the dogs that make it all happen…pointing, flushing, snuggling and retrieving. Add other Central Wyoming outdoor recreation options like mountain biking, gravel biking, off road motorcycling, climbing, trail running and paddling. That isn’t the end of it but we know where to stop, ha! This region has not been developed to optimize most of these activities and that is a good thing. Getting outside begins with leaving your comfort-zone and culminates in continuing to advance your comfort by creating a habit of putting yourself out there. Going further, rejecting the normal definition of success and discovering things that very few people will. This isn’t the Visit Casper version of Central Wyoming…this is the raw and real version that excludes the entry level social media influencer portrayal.
Put yourself out there, or come hang out with us for a few days and we’ll do our best to show you the ropes…this is the perfect time to do it. Before the snow flies and skis and snowmobiles come out along with the water fowling waders, layout blinds and we enter the season where chipping ice out of our guides has every angler thinking to themselves how they can solve this age-old dilemma.
Miracle Mile fishing report is good with leech, worm, baetis, caddis, scud nymph rigs. It is busy with hunting camps so be aware. Fremont Canyon fishing report is very good dry fly with tricos, pseudos and caddis. Swing crawdads and soft hackles in the unoccupied tweener water. Grey Reef is rocking and rolling from top to bottom, the upper is quiet and the dry fly is excellent. Streamer activity is ramping up and short light emerger rigs are the way to go if you like the numbers game.
The Reef Fly Shop is open daily and we still have guides, cottages and RV sites available. Stop in for some good sales or check out the newly restocked space.
Firstly, sorry for the lack of reports recently. We have been working on our new website. We still have some tweaking left to do but we hope you enjoy the new site!
So, how’s the fishing? Let us start with water conditions on the North Platte. Both Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon are slightly off color. This can be attributed to reservoir turnover. Both systems are still fishing relatively well, just don’t expect great clarity. Grey Reef on the other hand is in great shape. Clear conditions from Grey Reef Dam to Glenrock, WY. Per usual the vegetation is more concentrated on Upper Grey Reef, as it is every year at this time. That being said, that’s where the most consistent dry fly fishing is happening. But it’s not easy. It’s technical and a whole lot of fun! Tricos, pseudos and some baetis. Break out the longer leaders and 5X and get ready to get abused. This fish are full of fight and it’s a battle to keep them out of the vegetation. But again, it’s sooo fun! If that’s not your game, you can always head down low to avoid the veg and run the nymph or streamer program…and you also find less technical dry fly eating fish.
We love this time of year!! Hunting seasons start opening, the weather is beautiful, water conditions are primo and the fish are looking up. Of course Miracle Mile and Fremont Canyon are fishing well and always a good place to be but Grey Reef is firing on all cylinders. This is the time of year where its not at all uncommon to throw dries, all day. Nymphs and streamers are most certaintly in play but the dry fly game is just so fun. For most of our guides, it’s chasing pods of trico eating trout in morning and switching to hoppers around lunchtime. Sound fun? Tricos, of course, can be some of the more technical dry fly fishing of the season. So be prepared to break out the 5X and don’t be afraid to throw a little something different. Maybe a larger parachute or even a royal wulff…if their staring at thousands of spinners, it never hurts to show them something a little different.
Well, we finally got some MUCH needed water in Grey Reef. Earlier this week, Bureau of Rec. decided to bump the flows to 1,500cfs, which happens to be a pretty ideal flow for both boat and wade fishing. Projected flows for Grey Reef this summer are expected to be between 2,000-3,000cfs. Things are starting to shape up nicely. Fishing is good! The bump in flows stalled the summertime bug activity, so we are seeing a few baetis again but PMDs and sallies are right around the corner. If your going to be throwing nymphs, go with the following…leeches, worms, PMD nymphs and sally nymphs. Also due to the bump in flows, water clarity is so-so below Government Bridge but that should only continue to improve. Golden stone fly nymph activity has begun to pick at the Miracle Mile, as we should start seeing a few adults in the coming weeks. This is always as fun time of year as we make the transition to the “glory days” of summer.
Well, as we write this report Central Wyoming is covered in a blanket of white. Per usual, the weather in April has been a mix of everything. We seem to be in a pattern of snow right now, about every other day. By no means are we complaining because moisture is always a good thing!
So as of this morning water conditions are excellent everywhere. Very, very clear from the Miracle Mile to Casper. Current flows are as follows; Miracle Mile-2,000cfs, Fremont Canyon-72cfs and Grey Reef-450cfs. So as for the fishing…we are in the middle of the baetis aka BWO spring hatch. They are popping on a daily basis and the fish are keyed in! Our guides have almost excusively moved over to strictly baetis patterns and our trademark mini-rig, especially during the peak of the hatch. A 3-5ft rig, with minimal split shot tethered to a couple of bugs. RS2 foam-wing, PAL, McGruber, pheasant-tail, jujubaetis, mayhem with a soft hackle trailer. It’s a fun time of year to be fishing, for sure. Our fish love to hammer on the emerging bugs!
Aside from the baetis hatch, streamer fishing has produced some pretty solid days over the past few weeks. Per usual, the rusty series of articulated streamers has been the top producers. With the lower water conditions on Grey Reef and intermediate line has been about perfect. Anything of depth is holding fish and don’t hesitate to vary your retrieve depending on the type of water your in.
While most of Wyoming and Colorado was hit by a major winter storm Alcova and Grey Reef hardly got an inch of snow! The roads are all opening up and the weather this weekend looks prime! Our cottages are full this weekend, but we still have guide availability. Please Call the shop for updated Miracle mile road reports.
The flush of Grey Reef is NOT happening this year due to a few different circumstances. Do not worry, the fishing has been and will remain good. We saw increased flows in October last year and that cleared out a ton of sediment and debris from the spawning areas. Honestly the fishing every year is usually the same pre flush as it is post flush. It’s just kind of a different and fun way to kick off to the season. We just beefed up our snowpack with the last storm and should hopefully be able to fill some of our reservoirs.
Flies: Fishing has been really good on all three tailwaters, conveniently the flies are similar for all of them. Leeches in brown, olive, natural #10, Reef Worms in red and purple #12-18, Scuds in olive, pink and orange #14-16, Pheasant Tails #16-18, Mayhem Midges black and purple #18-20, All day May in olive #18, PAL #16-20, and Rhinestone in #18-20 have all been great patterns the past few weeks!
Flows: Flows are low and will stay that way for the next few weeks. The only change we are supposed to see is Grey Reef go back up to 500 CFS from 400CFS
Grey Reef-400 CFS
Miracle Mile-500 CFS
Fremont canyon- 72 CFS
If you have any questions feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call!
Well, here we are. Hard to believe it’s already March and thus far it has been a lamb. Temperatures the past week have been in the 50s and 60s with relatively mild winds. That being said, Grey Reef is at 500cfs and open from the Dam to Casper. Keep in mind, warmer temps are causing the lower elevation snow to runoff, so water conditions have been variable below Government Bridge. The upper is currently in great shape and the fishing, as you would expect, is good. A few fish starting to make redds but we are still on the front side of the spawn. It has pretty much been a nymphing/streamer game as of late. Pine squirrel leech, reef worm, PAL, rhinestone, mayhem midge, pheasant tail-have been our top producing nymph patterns. Length/weight has been 4-7ft with 1-3(BB) split shot. On the streamer front…rusty trombone, goldie, kreelex have been our top picks. We prefer fishing them on the Airflo 40+ fast intermediate line…it just seems to hit the sweet spot in the water column.
We currently DO NOT have any updates in regards to the SPRING FLUSH. As soon as we know anything we will let you know.